(WXYZ) - It happens far too often, gushing water flooding abandoned structures. Sometimes it's due to pipes bursting, other times scrappers create the mess.
Without anyone living in the home, the water can run for months. If the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department services your community, you are paying for it.
"It's kind of like the silent killer, in terms of your bills," said Greg Eno with the water department. "More running water going into the system, more of a load and burden placed on the system and the cost is distributed to everyone."
In the near future, the water department will be rolling out a new smart phone app that will allow users to report running water. For it to work, the community will need to get involved.
"We can't be everywhere, so we are calling on the community to be our eyes and ears, with the new app we will be rolling out, folks will be able to do just that," said Eno.
The app to report running water in abandoned homes is designed to be fast and convenient. Users will even be able to track the progress of the repair job. The department hopes to roll out the program in the near future.
We will let you know when it's ready.